There are many challenges that are faced by people as they age into older adults. We discussed five of the most common problems faced by the elderly in our last blog post. Some of these include health issues, financial struggles, losing a spouse and abuse.
Thankfully, there are several non-profit organizations available to assist seniors in the vast array of mental, physical and emotional issues that they face. Here are 9 great charities that work to support seniors and each of these non profit groups accept car donations to help support their vital work.
The Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) offer a unique expertise in a large array of issues involving the special needs of veterans including seniors. They advocate for better quality healthcare and provide benefits to those who have served our country.
They also offer a huge support system for caregivers with things like direct support, guides, and resources. The PVA advocates for the civil rights of all veterans and seniors with disabilities.
2. CaringKind – The Heart of Alzheimer’s Caregiving
The leading expert in New York City on caregiving for Alzheimer’s and dementia is CaringKind. This charity has over 4 decades of experience in supporting seniors affected by dementia. They provide a 24/7 Helpline at 646-744-2900 that is managed by a staff of professionals.
An outstanding network of support programs are offered by CaringKind which include counseling, training programs, wanderer’s safety program and more. They are on a mission to deliver compassionate care and support for the elderly who have been affected by dementia.
The United Way in Story County Iowa assists seniors in their community with healthcare, education on prevention, and financial stability. They work to help seniors have their basic and emergency needs met and to move towards more self-sufficiency.
Working with several partners, the United Way Story County also provides more than ninety core programs that help with things like providing shelter, transportation and meals for the elderly.
Helping older adults live independently is one of the great contributions provided by the Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JFCS). They offer many programs that solve the problems in people’s lives. The JFCS assists individuals and families in coping with the emotional toll of dementia care. They provide comprehensive services for seniors who become victims of abuse.
The JFCS’ has highly remarkable programs for the elderly. These include their award winning case management and home care programs called Seniors at Home, Holocaust Survivor Services and L’Chaim Adult Day Health Center.
The Bergen County New Jersey United Way has created The Compassion Fund which is a large source of financial assistance for people struggling to make ends meet, including seniors. They work with elderly individuals in crisis to ensure their basic needs of security and safety are met. This includes helping to pay utility expenses so it doesn’t get shut off and helping with rent payment to avoid eviction.
The Senior Center of the Stanford Settlement is a program that provides support for elderly adults to continue living independent and healthy lives. Benefits include a drop-in center where supportive services are provided. The center also offers wellness activities and a nutritious lunch served each day. They also provide case management to help participants avoid institutionalization as they grow older.
One of the key supports is transportation. Many of the seniors they serve could not attend the program without door-to-door transportation. Volunteer drivers are also connected with seniors to help them get rides to their medical appointments as well.
The Knights of Columbus is a faith-based non-profit organization that helps individuals and communities serve, uplift and help each other. Their family programs encourage people to help end hunger and strengthen family bonds which encourages the loving care of elderly loved ones.
Community program of the Knights of Columbus involve building homes for families in need, helping seniors with disabilities, and lending helping hands to the less fortunate.
Every focus at ACC Senior Services is to enhance the quality of life for seniors. From help with assisted living and skilled nursing to caregiver support and meals on wheels, ACC helps seniors thrive. They offer help with transportation and programs for companionship.
Seniors can attend a variety of classes at ACC including a mixture of arts and crafts, cooking demonstrations, dance, music and language. All of these classes and programs really help their elderly recipients to flourish.
The leading voluntary health organization for Alzheimer’s support and care is the Alzheimer’s Association (AA). They work every day to promote brain health and thus reduce the risk of dementia. From local and national levels, the AA provides support and care for everyone affected by Alzheimer’s.
The AA is also the leading voice for advocacy about Alzheimer’s disease, fighting for vital research and care initiatives on both federal and state levels. They make a huge impact in promoting better health for seniors.